Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a complex of symptoms resulting from compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, with pain and burning or tingling in the fingers and hand, sometimes up to the elbow.

What is Carpal Tunnel ?
Carpal tunnel is a tunnel through the wrist with carpal bones on the bottom and the carpal ligament on top. The median nerve and the flexor tendons (nine in number) run through this tunnel. The flexor tendons help fingers move.
One of the main causes of CTS is swelling or inflammation of the flexor tendons. The swelling increases the pressure within the carpal tunnel, which affects the median nerve function, thus causing CTS symptoms.
Median nerve: one of the major nerves to the hand that controls sensation to the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger.

This condition occurs most often in women between 30 to 60 years.

Conditions frequently associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Rhumatoid Arthritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Acromegally
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Menopause
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Injury or trauma to the wrist – repetitive movement of the wrists, can cause swelling of the tissues and carpal tunnel syndrome. This injury may be from sports such as racquetball and handball, or from sewing, typing, driving, assembly-line work, painting, and writing, use of tools (especially hand tools or tools that vibrate).


  • In many cases resting and splinting the wrists for a couple of weeks may be helpful.
  • Diuretics: which get rid of some of the fluid that gets accumulated in the wrist.
  • Anti inflammatory analgesics
  • Injection of Corticosteroids into the wrist.
  • If conservative measures are not successful surgical intervention may be needed. More than 50 % need surgical treatment. This is done by cutting the ligament and thus relieving the pressure on the medial nerve.

Complications – with treatment there are no complications. But in untreated cases the median nerve may be damaged resulting to permanent muscle weakness and muscular atrophy.

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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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